The Silicon Valley-based team will collaborate with the University of Central Florida to explore the use of space-based geological materials in future NASA missions.
Deep Space Industries has announced that two of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposals have been selected by NASA. Each project concerns research and innovations in the production of space-based geological materials to enable future NASA missions into deep space.
Both SBIR projects are a collaboration with the University of Central Florida. Dr. Dan Britt, physics professor and well-known meteorite expert, and Dr. Phil Metzger, planetary scientist at the Florida Space Institute and former lunar simulants scientist at NASA’s “Swamp Works” facility, will lead the effort at UCF. The proposal selections are also attributable, in part, to the leadership and reputation of DSI’s chief scientist, Dr. John S. Lewis, the Principle Investigator for both projects.
The first proposal, announced March 15, is a Phase II project to develop task-specific asteroid “simulants” meant for ground testing (a Phase II project expands on recently completed Phase I projects for NASA).